Druck Report: Rome’s City Commission election dysfunction. What will it take to get voters engaged? Wendy Davis has some ideas and answers.

Druck Report: Rome’s City Commission election dysfunction. What will it take to get voters engaged? Wendy Davis has some ideas and answers.

Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis assesses the trends and changes regarding the 2019 election during an interview at Brand Red Studios for this edition of The Druck Report. Photo by Todd LaBerge, Brand Red Studios.

 


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All elections are important but what’s before Rome voters on Nov. 5 (and in advance) finds the community at a cross roads. With six commission seats to fill and five incumbents and four challengers on the ballot, will voters stay the course or seek changes that will take us through the next four years? At least one new face is guaranteed; will we see more?
Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis, who’s not on the ballot this year, talks about the 2019 election. Our questions:
  • Voter engagement: Early indicators show a light turnout. How can candidates and media better engage would-be voters?
  • Campaign trends: Has social media taken the place of ‘kissin’ babies and shaking hands’?
  • Rome’s confusing ward voting: Two “wards” are on the ballot, each with three seats, so any city voter can pick up to three candidates in each ward to support. Is there an easier, clearer way to elect our commissioners?
  • Election dysfunction: A different advance voting location. No weekend voting at first. Why has this race been so different from elections two or four years ago? How can early issues be avoided next time?

    John Druckenmiller interviews City Commissioner Wendy Davis about the 2019 election and how to engage local voters during an interview at Brand Red Studios. Photo by Todd LaBerge, Brand Red Studios.

About this podcast: Wendy Davis joined us recently at Brand Red Studios to talk about the commission elections and the 2020 vote. We thank Brand Red for their production support of our long-form podcasts and Todd LaBerge for another excellent job producing this conversation. The Druck Report is a production of Hometown Headlines Inc. Please join us for our weekday newscasts as well.

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